Photo Credit: Colin Medley

Toronto singer-songwriter Andy Shauf has shared a charming new double single today featuring the tracks “Satan” and “Jacob Rose”. Each telling a unique story, “Satan” has been released with a new video directed by Canadian independent filmmaker Ryan Steel and was shot deep in prairie winter outside of Winnipeg. Watch it and listen to both tracks below.

Watch “Satan”:

Listen To “Jacob Rose”:

“When I was young, there were a few years where I wasn’t allowed to celebrate Hallowe’en,” Shauf said of his inspirations for “Satan”. “The church that I grew up in was saying that Hallowe’en was ‘The Devil’s Day’ and that it had its roots in satanic rituals. After a few years of this, my parents realized it was a bit silly to deny us our free candy and let us resume. The Christianity that I was brought up in said that believers went to heaven and non-believers went to hell. A sort of cartoon-like simplification of ancient texts. So with the lyrics of this song, I was trying to take this cartoon-like simplification of life (and death) and pair it with a cartoon-like version of this Christian hell. Where after you complete a long and disciplined life, you find yourself holding a bite-sized chocolate bar stapled to an invitation to a Hallowe’en pool party with Satan himself.”

“Satan” / “Jacob Rose” will also be available as a 7″ via a limited-edition pressing of 100 on clear translucent vinyl, lathe cut by Robyn Raymond (Red Spade Records). All copies will be signed by Andy and $20 from each sale will be donated to the Parkdale Food Centre in Toronto. Anticipated ship date is May 1, pre-order it here –

Shauf surprise released the album Wilds last September, a record that offered a peek into his creative process and how the multi-instrumentalist first begins building his songs into more ornately arranged final products. Presented in a near-unfiltered form, the unstudied rawness of the songs on Wilds is a revealing look at Shauf’s mindset during the time he was writing the 2020 album The Neon Skyline. The songs are presented here in their most nascent shape – Shauf playing all the instruments, coming up with the arrangements on the fly, and recording it all himself to “a little tape machine” in his studio in Toronto.

Shauf will tour throughout Europe this spring. All upcoming dates are listed below.

April 18  – Düdingen, CH – Bad Bonn #
April 19 – Lyon, FR – Epicerie Moderne #
April 20 – Bordeaux, FR – Krakatoa #
April 21 – Paris, FR – Trianon #
April 22  – Rouen, FR – Le 106 #
April 23  – Luxembourg, LU – Kulturfabrik  #
April 24  – Utrecht, NL – Tivoli Vredenburg #
April 25  – Rotterdam, NL – Rotown #
April 26  – Nijmegen, NL – Doornroosje #
April 28  – Copenhagen, DK – Loppen #
April 29 – Oslo, NO – Ingensteds #
April 30 – Stockholm, SE – Nalen Klubb #
May 2 – Hamburg, DE – Knust #
May 3  – Berlin, DE – Silent Green #
May 5  – Bruxelles, BE – Les Nuits Botanique Festival #
May 6  – Cologne, DE – Luxor #
May 7 – Genk, BE – Little Waves Festival #
May 9  – Birmingham, UK – The Castle & Falcon #
May 10  – Edinburgh, UK – Summerhall #
May 11  – Glasgow, UK – Drygate #
May 12  – Manchester, UK – Gorilla #
May 13  – Leeds, UK – Brudenell Social Club #
May 14  – Bristol, UK – Fiddlers #
May 15 – Brighton, UK – Chalk #
May 16 – London, UK – Shepherd’s Bush Empire #
May 18  – Belfast, UK – Empire #
May 19  – Dublin, IE – Button Factory #

# with Helena Deland

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